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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 780L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1 edition (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439838797
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439838795
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 5.3 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,776,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Starred Review. Grade 9 Up–Now that his father is in jail, nothing seems to be going right for 15-year-old Tyrell. His mother's refusal to work and her stint with welfare fraud have forced them into homelessness and life in a roach-infested shelter in Hunts Point. At the shelter, Tyrell soon realizes that his attraction to another resident, Jasmine, could derail his dreams of a future with his girl, Novisha. Torn between the needs of the women in his life and his seven-year-old brother, Tyrell is determined to stay clean as he agonizes over creating a new life for his family. Booth combines the rhythm of raw street lingo with the harsh realities of an inner-city urban life to illuminate the labyrinth of Tyrell's world. As he struggles to escape this circle of poverty, he must also battle dual temptations of sexual frustration and the easy money he could make as a drug dealer. This is a thrilling, fast-paced novel whose strong plot and array of vivid, well-developed characters take readers on an unforgettable journey through the gritty streets of New York City's South Bronx. At its heart is the painful choice the teen must make as he realizes the effect of his mother's failure to do right by their family.–Caryl Soriano, New York Public Library
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*Starred Review* "You don't hardly get to have no kinda childhood in the hood." At 15, Tyrell is trying to keep his little brother in school and safe in their roach-infested shelter in the Bronx. He has dropped out of school, and Moms wants him to sell drugs to make money. But Tyrell is too smart. He doesn't want to end up in prison like his dad, so he tries to organize a neighborhood party to raise money. His girlfriend, Novisha, isn't happy that Tyrell has dropped out. She loves him, and they make out, but he respects her wish to remain a virgin. Booth, who was born and raised in the Bronx, is now a social worker there, and her first novel is heartbreakingly realistic. There are some plot contrivances--including Tyrell's stumbling upon Novisha's diary--but the immediate first-person narrative is pitch perfect: fast, funny, and anguished (there's also lots of use of then-word, though the term is employed in the colloquial sense, not as an insult). Unlike many books reflecting the contemporary street scene, this one is more than just a pat situation with a glib resolution; it's filled with surprising twists and turns that continue to the end. Hazel Rochman
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More About the Author

I was born and raised in New York City, in the Bronx. I'm the author of TYRELL, KENDRA, and BRONXWOOD.

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The great thing about TYRELL is that Coe Booth keeps the pressure on at all times.
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Character authentic dialogue and youthful voices that you can hear, Tyrell is a realistic, contemporary first novel.
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I think this is like my 3rd favorite book so far, for real, it's a really good book.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on October 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Coe Booth's first novel, TYRELL, is a masterfully written, gritty reality check of urban life through the eyes of a heavily burdened fifteen-year-old. After his father is sentenced to prison (for the third time), it is up to Tyrell Green to take care of both his deranged mother and his seven-year-old brother, Troy. But Tyrell is only fifteen! Not only is he living in a completely run-down shelter, but he is broke, out of school, and struggling for some way to earn money to get his mom and brother out of shelter care and into an apartment of their own.

In a place like the Bronx, it is easy for young adults to get caught up in a life of crime. Tyrell knows this, but is also a man of principle (for the most part, at least). Refusing to earn his quick buck through such shady sources as drug dealing, he originates a plan to get the money he needs to get things back to the way they were. The question of whether it will work, or whether it will blow up in his face....you'll have to read TYRELL to find out (but it's worth it!)

The great thing about TYRELL is that Coe Booth keeps the pressure on at all times. Real life drama is quilted into the novel until the very end, and it is both humbling and very entertaining to read. She also incorporates real urban vernacular (e.g. "slang") to create an extremely real and convincing narrative.

Coe Booth creates an atmosphere so believable it's impossible not to walk away after reading the novel and not have taken something with you. The characters experience the lowest of lows, the highest of highs, and everything in-between throughout the course of the story--and it doesn't stop until the very end. Dripping from head to toe with sharp turns and very surprising climaxes, it's sure to keep you consumed until the last page.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Sukey Paola on January 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book for my son. He read the first page and wouldn't put it down. He finished it in two days and even read it while snacking at the table. Clearly an absorbing story, I highly recommend this book for your teenaged boy, especially those who have trouble finding an engaging read.

Slightly adult content but okay for older teens.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Williams on August 12, 2011
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Tyrell is basically a good kid, but at 15 years old has to deal with some adult responsibilities. His father is in jail and his mother is completely worthless, so Tyrell is the only hope his younger brother has for a decent life. When they get evicted, the family is placed in a roach-infested motel until more suitable housing becomes available. Tyrell's mother takes no responsibility for her own children, and even goes so far as to expect Tyrell to deal drugs in order to make enough money to support the family. Tyrell is determined not to end up in jail like his dad, and comes up with his own money making scheme. Meanwhile, his girlfriend, Novisha, and another homeless teen, Jasmine, send a few more challenges his way.

I didn't love this book, but it was extremely popular in my classroom, even with reluctant readers.

Drug use, language, and sexual situations make it more appropriate for mature readers.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
THE BOOK TYRELL IS ABOUT HIM,HIS MOTHER, HIS LITTLE BROTHER TROY, HIS FATHER, AND HIS GIRLFRIEND NOVISHA.TYRELL LIVES IN A SHELTER WITH HIS MOTHER AND HIS FATHER IS IN JAIL. TYRELL IS TRYING TO GET HIS FAMILY OUT THE SHELTER, SO HIM AND HIS BEST FRIEND CAL IS PLANING TO THROW PARTIES SO HE CAN MAKE MONEY.HIM AND HIS BROTHER DON'T HAVE ANY CLOTHES AND THEY BE COLD DURING THE WINTER.SOMETIMES NOVISHA MOTHER BE TAKING CARE OF TYRELL AND HIS FAMILY BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE MONEY OR FOOD TO EAT EACH NIGHT.TYRELL DOESN'T GO TO SCHOOL AND HES TRYING TO TAKE CARE IF HIS FAMILY AND ALSO NOVISHA AT THE SAME TIME.TYRELL MOTHER PUT TROY IN SPECIAL ED SO HE CAN GET AN SSI CHECK EVERY MONTH.THERES NOTHING WRONG WITH TROY BUT SHE WANTS THE SCHOOL TO THINK THAT SOMETHING WRONG WITH HIM SO HE CAN STILL GET HIS CHECK.TYRELL BECOMES REALLY CLOSE TO THIS GIRL NAME JASMINE THAT HE MET AT THE SHELTER BENNETT WHERE THEY BOTH LIVE AT.JASMINE HAD LIKE TYRELL SINCE THE FIRST DAY SHE SEEN HIM.THEY BE HANGING OUT SOMETIMES AND SHES BEEN TAKING CARE OF TROY WHEN HIS MOTHER WOULD LEAVE HIM IN THE HOUSE BY HISSELF. STARASIA
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Charles Penque on October 6, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Tyrell is the story set over several weeks of a tough high school dropout in the Bronx. He comes from a down and out family...his father is in prison; his mother is someone who really does belong in Mitt Romney's 47% of the population, a woman who does expect the government to support her. Along with his young brother, the family lives in a roach-infested motel, a temporary dwelling for the homeless. One bright spot in Tyrell's life is his girlfriend Novisha, whose life and family are stable. The novel involves Tyrell's battle to keep his own head and his family's above water, as well as that of a girl named Jasmine who lives at the hotel.
The novel is told from Tyrell's point of view, and is narrated in his dialect. As a result, it spares no punches. The language is often raw; the book does involve sexual and drug-related situations that Tyrell encounters. Be that as it may, Tyrell's story is intriguing, and certainly will attract high school students who wouldn't classify themselves as "readers."
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